Monday, May 3, 2010

Guess what we have now?

I am so happy to tell you this exciting news!  We went to an organic local dairy today and bought a Jersey heifer!  She is a little over 6 months old.  We are also going to buy a cow in milk from this nice man as soon as we have the barn built.  I can't believe it, I will finally have a cow that is actually milking.  In the mean time we are going to raise this young one up and she can help the sheep mow the pasture.

I don't have any photos of her yet.  The farmer is going to bring her to us this week sometime.  I will take photos of her then and share them with you.

In other news, we have 3 new baby ducks!  White rose hatched out 3 eggs.  I will get photos of them up too.  We should be having some Dark Cornish hatch out soon.  We have two hens sitting. I thought we would have a bunch of babies, but Ed tells me the one is only sitting on one egg and the other has two.  Then we have in the hen house a Black Australorp sitting on 6 eggs and a Speckled Sussex that has 4 eggs.

So far the turkey hens haven't gone broody on us.  We had one act like she was going to, but gave it up.

Stay tuned for more photos and a drawing coming soon.


Mr. and Mrs. Hoosier Homesteader said...

Very exciting about the cows. We just got a few Alpine goats, and are considering a cow in the future (we're very lucky to have a organic, grass-fed dairy not far from us).

I wanted to add, I took a bee keeping course in the fall, and using a flour sifter with powdered sugar was they way the teacher takes care of mites. Apply it regularly for several weeks and it should take care of the problem!

Mrs. Swinson said...

Hello Mrs. Hoosier, thanks for the comments. My husband did know of the powder sugar trick, but these had gotten so bad before he realized it he had to take more severe actions. There is a cool tool that he has his eye on. I think we will get it for him for fathers day. It is a bellows type duster that you use for the powdered sugar. Does the same thing as a sifter would, only finer dust.
Have you gotten any bees yet? It is so interesting having them. We have had more fruit in our orchard since getting the bees.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. You are so in touch with a more natural way of life. It is refreshing to watch you overcome your trials and cheer along with your accomplishments.
Leslie, NQC

Mrs. Swinson said...

Thanks Leslie, I am glad you enjoy reading about our little place. We always have something going on around here! Keeping this blog is one of the fun things that I do for myself.

Mrs. Mike said...

Our girls are excited about calving next year so they can try their hand at milking.

Ducklings due to hatch this week. Waiting to see our results!